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This outstanding vibraphonist and composer was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Rutgers University with both Masters and Bachelors degrees in music and his teaching activities have included a position at Princeton University. As a resident of the New York area he has performed and recorded with many great musicians including Kenny Barron, Bobby Watson, Mulgrew Miller, David Fathead Newman, Johnny Griffin and Jackie McLean. He has appeared at concerts and festivals worldwide and has made three recordings as the leader of his own group. His recordings as a leader include Live At Acireale (Red Records), Full Nelson (Sunnyside) and Communications (Criss Cross)

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Naama Gheber: Dearly Beloved

Read "Dearly Beloved" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Cabaret singer? Jazz singer? Pop singer? The splendid debut from Israeli singer Naama Gheber recalls a time when such distinctions were utterly without meaning. “Dearly Beloved" finds her inhabiting the same territory as such classic crossover singers as June Christy, Peggy Lee and Lena Horne. Of course, for that generation, jazz WAS ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Naama Gheber: Dearly Beloved

Read "Dearly Beloved" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's much to admire in this debut from New York-based Israeli vocalist Naama Gheber. With a highly developed sense of phrasing built on pitch-perfect delivery and some tasteful back-end vibrato, an eye and ear for fine golden-age material, sharp navigational skills, and a knack for picking the perfect sidemen, her first flight garners attention in all ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Stryker: Eight Track Christmas

Read "Eight Track Christmas" reviewed by Jack Bowers

No, you needn't scour the woods searching for an eight-track tape player (good luck with that). Guitarist Dave Stryker's Eight Track Christmas refers not to outmoded recording / playback equipment but to his Eight Track Band (actually a quartet) and its album of songs for the 2019 holiday season. As those who've heard the group perform ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

We Three Holiday Happenings: Season's Greetings From Benny Benack III and the Steven Feifke Big Band, Martina DaSilva and Dan Chmielinski, and Dave Stryker

Read "We Three Holiday Happenings: Season's Greetings From Benny Benack III and the Steven Feifke Big Band, Martina DaSilva and Dan Chmielinski, and Dave Stryker" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's Christmas all over again, so deck the halls, break out the eggnog and get ready for a proliferation of holiday albums. As with any and every year, there are plenty of new jazz releases that fall into this most festive category and saturated market. Some lean solely on popular favorites, sticking close to the templates ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

New York Japanese Jazz Festival 2019

Read "New York Japanese Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Peter Jurew

New York Japanese Jazz Festival Smoke Jazz & Supper Club New York, NY June 25-27, 2019 The Japanese people's love for jazz, rock, blues and other forms of music with African-American roots has been well established for decades. Working bands and musicians at all levels of fame regularly make the Land ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Stryker: Eight Track III

Read "Eight Track III" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist Dave Stryker says this is the last of his trilogy of classic pop melodies from the 1970s. If so, its release is a little bittersweet: because like the other two it is a truly fun project, for the players and listeners alike. Completing the trilogy was suggested by vibraphonist Stefon Harris, who had appeared on ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Three Spectacular Days Of Cultural Bridges At The New York Japanese Jazz Festival At Smoke Jazz Club From June 25-27, 2019 In NYC!

Three Spectacular Days Of Cultural Bridges At The New York Japanese Jazz Festival At Smoke Jazz Club From June 25-27, 2019 In NYC!

The inaugural New York Japanese Jazz Festival will be launching June 25-27, 2019, as part of a three-day series heralding the undiscovered talents from the island on the other side of the world. Featuring a “who’s who” of American Jazz Greats, with a treasure trove of Jazz music’s future stars there will be something for everyone ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Stryker: Eight Track III

Read "Eight Track III" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If an idea works, you might as well ride it to its logical conclusion. Following vibraphonist Stefon Harris' advice along those lines in this context, guitarist Dave Stryker completes his Eight Track odyssey with the delivery of the third volume of jazz takes on '70s radio staples. Harris, after having passed the mallets off to fellow ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Szun Waves, other new releases and some archive cuts

Read "Szun Waves, other new releases and some archive cuts" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Blurring the boundaries between jazz, ambience and electronica, the sophomore album from Szun Waves New Hymn to Freedom, is the album of the week on the show. This new release is a document of six entirely live improvisations with “no edits or overdubs." The album title is apt, it is jazz, but it also bedded in ...


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